Missing work/school because of acne!

Hey all :popcorn here,

I missed a day of work this week because of acne. I had three zits around my mouth and it just looked so gross like i had herpes or something. I just couldnt let anyone see me like that. I even got up at my regular time, took my shower, looked in the mirror, and became ill. I went back to bed to lay down telling myself that it will be better tomorrow. I went back to work the next day and it wasnt better………………..

I cant tell you all how many days of school and work i have missed in 15 years of acne. Its sad it really is……….

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47 thoughts on “Missing work/school because of acne!

  1. Poppy!! I know how ya feel! I been going through some flare-ups myself recently. But I had to go to my new job and I can tell it sucks for people to look at me … but what’s a man to do? Gotta go sell myself even with the spots!! I didnt wanna shy away from anyone even though I thought I looked ugly. Ya just gotta believe that somehow folks will see beyond that and there will be a day (soon!) that it wont be like that.

    All this reminds me of that commercial about ring-round-the-collar. Ya know how it goes. Those filthy, dirty rings…you try scrubbin and soakin and they just dont go away. And then people see your “dirty rings” and wonder what the heck is wrong with your washer! LOL!!

    Ah heck…things will get better, Poppy! I know that’s a time-worn phrase round these parts but ya just gotta believe. I wish you the best and I sure do miss having you around here more… :puppydogeyes

    Russell

  2. Oh :popcorn 🙁 Im so sorry to hear that hun….

    Listen to me…….give a chance to accutane, you have tried enough…

    I have missed to hear from you!

    Mari

  3. Popcorn, I am only familiar with you from what you have posted on this board, and your post I just read really touched my heart!

    I have missed school and work for just the same reason you have. I remember the embarassment! I remember the physical and mental pain!
    It seems that life is not fair at all, it is difficult for everyone but for us it is even harder.

    Mari suggested Accutane … maybe you should look into it, it might be the answer to your prayers!

    Sometimes, just stopping the cycle of breakouts keeps it away for long periods of time, sometimes acne does not return when the cycle is broken. I have met people who were lucky enough to not break out again after breaking the acne cycle. It all depends on what is causing your skin to break out. There are so many causes for this curse! Don’t give up…keep trying…for most of us it is a lifelong battle…I hope for you that you are able to beat acne very soon!
    God Bless You!
    Solomio

  4. I know the feeling. There have been countless points in my life where I felt the exact same way. I havent ever skipped a required thing like work or school because of it though. However, Ive ducked out of hanging out with friends and certainly avoided going out in public alone now and then.

  5. I am always grateful to all of you because no matter how long i shy away you are always here to come back to like family. I too have missed you all and will try and come back more often then i have been. It just seems like sometimes like we are in this never ending war with acne and on some days it seems to be kicking my behind up and down the street.

    Luv you all always,
    :popcorn

  6. Im in that situation now, i expect i’ll be missing some school next week due to a big break out im having. Then i start accutane this week so i’ll probably be missing even more with the initial break out :cry

    lilnat :angel

  7. Why dont we hang out and go shopping? lol hahhaha well since both of us will be playing hookey everyone else will be at work or school so no one will see us shopping til we drop.

    Luv :popcorn :wink

  8. Yeah i remember staying home from school because i had a break out. But those days were easy. I would take a day off school and then the next day my face would look heaps better because in those days my face healed real quick. Now it takes a week or forever..sigh!

  9. On your day of “hooky” why don’t you girls book an appointment for a facial and a full body massage :mrgreen Pamper & treat yourselves once a month at least. It may open up a whole new outlook to you. People feel so refreshed after they have visited with me. I have many girls that have acne problems and they feel bad and down but admit to when they treat themselves to something as personal as this they feel 100% better. The facials really improve the look and appearance of the skin. Contributing to a feeling of calm and peace. Char*

  10. Hehe…yeah i’d feel like the girls you see! Bad and down! Wouldnt want anyone seeing my bare skin! 😀

    lilnat :angel

  11. Oh love i just meant that acne takes me on a downward spiral kinda like a walking stair case-lol

    How is your skin Lilnat? Mine is the same as always……..

  12. hehehe, ok pop 😀 I get u now, im a bit thick sometimes, hehe.
    My skin is pretty bad, lol, as always, plus ive started on accutane and i think i might be starting the intial break out (hehe, you know, instead of typing ‘out’ then i just typed ‘down’) hehe, breakdown…yeah, that as well! hehe, not with it at the moment!

    What are you using for your skin popcorn? Are you taking anything?

    lilnat :angel

  13. my acne was really bad in september and i wish i was dead and i tried proactiv and it was so much work and didnt do ANYTHING and left my skin… raw.. and.. so red, so sensitive

    im now behind 1 simester

    thnx LIFE xoxo

  14. Ahh, that sucks e173-2lazy2log… Don’t give up though! Keep experimenting with stuff, you’ll find something that works eventually. 🙂 Of course by then you may be a 45 year old with a beer gut… But hopefully you will find it before then. Good luck! :mrgreen

    Ryan :muti

  15. Lilnat,

    Girl, My acne is so bad that i dont even look in the mirror anymore and if i do it has to be dim lighting. Not even in my compact! Im okay i guess with makeup but without i look like a toxic experiment gone mad. I have old acne marks that cover my face that are taking a Jesus walk to go away! Plus the persistent acne doesnt help either. I swear i look like that Swamp thing on the movies!!!!! I am fair to olive in complexion so you could just imagine what dark brown and black marks look like on my face. Can you say “DOT TO DOT PUZZLE”?

    Have used everything from those damn informercials!!!!!! I used Proactiv twice and it worked all right the first time in 1997 but the acne still kept coming plus it didnt last that long through a 2 month period. The second time was in 2001 and it just sucked onions! My face was so damn red and peelin that it hurt to smile and it did nothing for my acne cept make it hella worse! I think they made it stronger or something! I follow the regimen to the tee this time but still no luck….

    Murad, OMG burned the holy hell out of me! I mean soon as i put that acne miracle crap on my face it felt like it was melting off! Plus it was so damn expensive!

    BP sucked too dryed my face out!

    Saliytic acid (SP) works on and off depending on the season.

    Antibiotics-all except Minocycline work but temporarily. Minocycline broke me out in rashes and hives all over and caused this bad burning sensation in my hands and feet, it was hell.

    Herbal remedies work well for the surface of my skin but do nothing for acne.

    topicals are always hell on my skin….the buring and the peelin uggggg!

    Accutane, my dr. informed me i couldnt use because of Liver problems and high cholesterol.

    Sad affair and did i mention that i have had acne on and off for 15 years now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Popcorn :popcorn , have you thought about trying B5? Just an idea… Maybe a stupid idea, but none-the-less, an idea!

    Ryan :muti

  17. I had similar experiences with the infomercial stuff. Proactiv didn’t really do anything for me (and did irritate my skin a lot more the second time around!), and Murad just burnt like holy hell. Turned my face into a dry, red, painful mess! :onfire

  18. ………This vitamin called Peak Advantage but i pretty much quit everything thus far. It was a vitamin supplement with biotin, choline, and some other B vitamins but i had to take like 6 a day and it was like 45 dollars a bottle. That was my last b vitamin encounter-lol Havent really thought about it, really….. I know alot of you guys have had great results with b-5 and some of you havent. But it seems like more then not. I never knew how much to take or what brand to buy so i just left it alone. If nothing else works and at this point im pretty much desperate i may look into it.

    By the way Ryan your a cutie pie!-lol
    Luv,
    :popcorn

  19. Popcorn- i have the same problem as you. i’m brown skin so i have dark marks left by the pimples. That’s my main problem not even pimples themselves. Anyway i’m getting peels to fade the dark marks. They’re going slowly by surely. i gave my esthetician a summer deadline for clear skin. Lighter -skinned people’s marks will fade faster with these peels because of their pigmentation, so for me it’ll take longer.

  20. Mimi,

    I cant tell you how much crap,money, and time i have wasted in 15 years with my on again off again relationship with acne-lol Sometimes i feel like im in this destructive relationship with it hahahaha If you can beleive that. But, what the hell else can you do except make fun sometimes……I am glad the peels are working for you slowly but surely. You know with acne thats the only way to go……….sad but true…. Please keep me posted on your results love!

    Luv,
    :popcorn

  21. Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for the site love. I believe i was taking 3000 mgs of it. How much are you taking love? What brand? Are you clear? From your pic you look great!!!

    Thanks again!
    :popcorn

  22. do any of the girls have to battle with make-up giving the appearance of smooth skin? the pimples i have rise up and seem to leave shadows on my face– i look like an obstacle course! haha, not really, but i think bright lighting makes me look worse bc ppl can see, not only the bumps on my face, but the make-up trying to hide them! i feel like it’s better not to even wear any cover up…unless of course i’m on the tail of a cute guy! 😀 anyone have any solutions to this kind of problem?
    -emma.

  23. I’m not taking any yet, I’ve just been reading up on it. I’m planning on starting on it when I get some money though.. 20 pills a day isn’t cheap. lol But if it works, I guess it’s worth it.

    Ryan

  24. Yeah, i looked into B5 but i decided i couldnt afford it. It was like £10 for 30 or something stupid lol.

    Emma, i dunno, i wouldnt ever go without make up unless i was totally clear, i know sometimes you can actually end up looking worse lol but i think its a psychological thing….no way could i not go out without make up. Spots and red marks….eugh. Id rather the make uppy bumps!

    lilnat :angel

  25. But you’re lucky lilnat, atleast you’re female. You can just dab on a little make-up and it all looks fine! It’s hard for us guys though, if we have acne, everyone sees it . 🙁 lol

    Ryan

  26. If makeup were oxygen and i didnt have it i wouldnt be able to breathe……lol

    Ryan a guy friend of mine wears alittle concealer sometimes to hide a zit or two. Cant even notice really the zits or the makeup. Dont think some guys are up to that just yet-lol

  27. I would only wear some if my face was really bad, and only if there was no chance at all that anyone could tell I was wearing any.

  28. If there is only one thing for what Im grateful of being a woman is for makeup. I dont know what I would have done with acne and no makeup…..guess i would have been way agressive from the start to get rid of acne prob i would have done accutane earlier hehehe 8)

  29. …your man works at the same place as you do!

    You all, I missed sooo much work last fall b/c of acne. I would wake up w/ a huge swollen cyst and just couldn’t bare facing all those people. My man works there as well and that made it 10X worse. As if it isn’t bad enough, him seeing me under hideous flourescent lighting, he had to see my cysts under flourescent lighting! And we all know, those things can not be hidden!

    After I had ran through all my vacation days in two months(we get 40 hours every three months), my boss approached me and asked if I was OK. I told him I had female probs… it was a semi lie. Really my acne was female probs due to the pill so I didn’t feel so bad for lying. Like I was going to say ACNE!!

  30. Awwwww Misty girl I know what your saying its like your in my head walking around!!!!!!!!!!!!! My beau and i have been on the outs i should say because of my acne and Hint Hint female problems -hahahaha Thats cute i must use that the next time i take a day off because of my face.

    But he is that gorgeous guy with perfect skin that has never had even one zit in life. His skin is absolutely perfect!!!!!!!!! Im so self concious anyway by nature and for him to have great skin and not know what i go through makes acne even worse for me. I dont like to go out or even see him when im having a bad breakout, like know at least 10 and 5 scabs marching across my face. So, we will probably end up breaking up in the near future. I adore him i really do but i cant bare the thought of him seeing me bare faced ever in life!!!!!!!! He just doesnt understand and i fear time is going to shift us apart.

    How does your beau handle your acne breakouts Misty? Jonathon doesnt seem to be bothered at all until i start to freak out about it. Which is most days!!!!!!
    :popcorn

  31. at least you girls have got boyfriends in the first place! i’m so :oops when it comes to boys, with or without acne. hey popcorn, you say your guy’s gorgeous, and you realy like him, and if you say that he doesn’t understand your ‘freakouts’ over acne, then he probably doesnt even care about it! your so lucky to have a guy like that, don’t lose him.
    misty, let me tell you i hope the real world isn’t as bad as high school. i’m in high school now and to constantly be around people your own age who mostly have no problems with skin and don’t have to worry about the cafeteria lighting (worse than flourescent, its like this realy really really yellow color) is … not good for your stress level.

  32. Awwwww Misty girl I know what your saying its like your in my head walking around!!!!!!!!!!!!! My beau and i have been on the outs i should say because of my acne and Hint Hint female problems -hahahaha Thats cute i must use that the next time i take a day off because of my face.

    But he is that gorgeous guy with perfect skin that has never had even one zit in life. His skin is absolutely perfect!!!!!!!!! Im so self concious anyway by nature and for him to have great skin and not know what i go through makes acne even worse for me. I dont like to go out or even see him when im having a bad breakout, like know at least 10 and 5 scabs marching across my face. So, we will probably end up breaking up in the near future. I adore him i really do but i cant bare the thought of him seeing me bare faced ever in life!!!!!!!! He just doesnt understand and i fear time is going to shift us apart.

    How does your beau handle your acne breakouts Misty? Jonathon doesnt seem to be bothered at all until i start to freak out about it. Which is most days!!!!!!
    :popcorn

    Pop,

    My man’s skin isn’t perfect but it’s much better looking than mine! He gets a zit every once and awhile and freaks but I don’t even notice it. To me, he never changes. I am still very attracted to him even when he complains about a zit or two. I hope he feels the same about me… but I doubt it.

    I believe he was really turned off by my hideous breakout back in the fall. You see, we would go to college football games OUTSIDE at 12 NOON and there I’d be… all zitted out, orange foundation not covering a damn thing and just looking UGLY. Wouldn’t matter if my hair or outfit was cute… I’m sure the first thing his buddies noticed was my face. B/C before, I was pretty clear. I’m sure they wondered what in the world happened…

    The most awful thing was being around him bare faced. I would have to wash when staying at his place. I knew that if I didn’t, I’d just look worse. Oh damn, I looked awful, like a dog bite victim or something. I would have those scabs… and cysts. I could feel him trying not to stare but I knew he was repulsed. And of course I didn’t want to ‘be intimate’ which is something he and I did LOTS of. 😉

    Now that I pretty clear, I don’t mind being around him w/ no make up. No one is perfect, right? I just wash and put on some oil of olay total effects moisturizer and go on.

    I see pretty girls all the time w/ acne. I may notice it but it doesn’t make them any less attractive to me. I wish everyone felt this way.

    Keep your head up, Pop. Don’t let acne ruin your relationship, girl. If Jonathan is attracted to you, he won’t let it bother him. Once you are attracted to someone and there is chemistry, a little acne, a few extra lbs, etc.. should not matter.

    Good luck!! 😀

  33. Vixy,

    I promise the real world isn’t 1/2 as bad as high school. I hated HS and I everything about it. I was never rich or popular and never had a boyfriend. Sure, you still run into a few @ssholes that never will grow up but by this time, you don’t care. You will look back on your years in HS and laugh… seriously! You sound very mature and in tune for your age! Keep your head up, girl. I know how it is.

  34. I havent got a g/f right now, but i wouldnt let my acne stop me! lol
    i have confidence, and i know people worse than me, its a just a thing thats ‘there’.
    and also ive never missed anythin cos of acne i have like made my acne look better (ice etc) a few hours b4 goin out but i dont think id go as far 2 miss anythin (although a day of school sounds fiiiiiiiiinnnne!!!)

  35. andyx you are extremely lucky that acne doesn’t get in your way of things. if i had that kind of confidence i’d be so much happier!

    i dunno if you guys think about these things but sometimes, when my parents say mean things to me about my acne, i can’t help crying and wanting to run away – but then i never do run away, because i get scared that my acne will get WORSE! talk about the irony!! honestly sometimes if it weren’t for being so freaked out over my skin i’d really just run away. but then if my skin weren’t so bad, my own dad wouldn’t make fun of me in the first place and i’d have no reason to run.

    i must sound like an utterly pathetic goob in this but it feels good to get this out there.

  36. Thank you Misty for the beautiful words of encouragement because today i need it. jonathon and I had “THE FIGHT” so i dont know where we stand right now. And, of course acne was the main topic. Its like a mistress or something. The stalking kind like “FATAL ATTRACTION”!!!!!!!!

    Vixy,

    Sweetie i know exactly what you mean. My family, anyone of them says anything about my face my whole day is just shot if not the whole week depending on what was said. My aunt is the worse person to me. Because she never says anything its her facial expression that gives her away. I remember once in 1999 i spent the summer with her and her family. I had to wait until everyone was asleep to wash my makeup off but by morning i over slept and didnt get up early enough to make a run for the bathroom to wash and reapply my makeup. So, when i went upstairs everyone was up and she was sitting there with her grandkids. My little cousin said Aww Cuz has chicken pops and that isnt what did it. It was the horrid look she gave me that when i think about it gets me all teary. Just sheer disgust i think it was and that she tried to blow it off and asked if i was hungary. Then she and my grandmother talk about my face alot to each other, i sometimes hear them when they are on the phone together. Her looks always speak volumes to me. People dont realize the pain we endure, do they?

    Its like they blame us for having acne. Like we can control it! Like we really want to walk around with zits and scabs on our faces!!! Dont they know we would do anything just about to get clear skin??????

  37. AWWWW Poppy Im so sorry to hear about jonathon :cry

    People just doesnt know plainly said. In my house, my mom would just say it out like Mari your face is terrible today and such, and the worst then for she say its my fault for picking, like if I wanted to pick right? Its really depressive 🙁 Many times I just put makeup just as quickly as I woke up to not hear the sermon. Geezz Now those are memories. I cannt believe how fast you can forget you have acne for so long years when you are clear. Its unbeliavable.

  38. :cry
    aw guys
    I wish i could write a longer post but i dont really have time at the moment, i will do tomorrow.

    lilnat :angel

  39. Thank you Mari! I have been really sad about it but i promise not to turn the forum into the Young and the Scabless drama hahahahaha….

    And ladies when no words can be said I always look back to that old time favorite character dad, from the Simpsons of course hahahahah DOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Pretty much sums me right up. How about you guys>>>>>????

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